Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Updates, Adventures in Parenting, and the Like

Im really sorry to say that I haven’t made anything fantastic lately. But in my defense, it IS cookout season, and I’ve been to two this week! :) Who doesn’t love cookout food?! It’s also a cool 100 degrees in these parts. And by cool I mean Death Valley hot. You know how there can be a difference between 98 degrees in…Aspen and 98 degrees in…Alabama? If you don’t know, let me tell you. Usually in Aspen, the humidity is zero and you’ve got a nice breeze (at least when I was there). Where I am and in Alabama? It’s stifling. Suffocating. Miserable. Oppressive. All I have to do is think about how hot it is outside and I start sweating and getting weak from the sun. So, my desire to cook is measuring right up there with the desire to be in labor.

Speaking of labor, looks like we’re going to have another wonderful little girl. The little alien crazy eye-socket face flashed us the hamburger, so it looks like more pink for us! The Little Big Girl has maintained that she wanted a girl since the first three minutes we told her we were having a baby. So she says now; we will pray it stays that way. So anyway, that’s that.

Speaking of Little Big Girl. She’s been in dance camp all week which is just too cute for me even to handle. But yesterday I brought her clothes to change into because we were going to lunch and then the ultrasound right after. So while at lunch, she spilled milk all in her lap. Nice, right? In lieu of yucky milk panties, I decided that we should just forego them altogether, which is usually fine. She’s gone commando before. But not in a dress. What choice did I really have though? Going home was not an option and I didn’t have any spares. She knows (as much as any three year old does) to keep her dress down, but I stressed to her then that it was extremely important. She’s got it, she told me. So while we’re standing in line at Starbucks (for a decaf frappe, don’t judge me. even if it wasn’t decaf) I turn around and what’s she doing? Spinning around with her dress twisted up to her belly button. Awesommeeeee. I thought it was hilarious, but at noon on a 100 degree day, Starbucks was packed (and someone even ordered hot chocolate, seriously?!) and I didn’t think busting out laughing would be appropriate (although…looking back, maybe it was). So I just scooped her up and kind of explained to everyone and no one (mostly the air) that she spilled milk earlier and I didn’t have any other choice. That she normally wore panties. And that I really wasn’t a horrible, weird mom. Oh boy. It was funny :) But seriously, what else could be done with milk panties on a hot day?


a blurry, tiny, fuzzy watermelon!

baby cuke!

All hard work DOES bring a profit! :) Still no action from my tomatoes though, which is disappointing. They’re growing tall and strong, but I’ve only seen one or two yellow flowers :( It is stupid hot though. Poor babies.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Willy nilly and fancy free. Quite nicely actually. I was a little scared because I’ve planted oh-so-many things with oh-so-none success. Well, that’s only partly true; everything I plant sprouts, but has failed to bloom–until now! There are actually bright yellow flowers on my cucumbers and watermelons. I’m hoping that’s a good sign and does not mean they’ve contracted some sort of disease or that I planted strange, spreading yellow flower plants instead of fruit. Some pictures you ask? WHY SURE! :)

and so we begin

cucumbers sprouting on their mounds

spinach sprouts? or weeds? they turned out to be spinach =/

sugar baby watermelon sprouts

So that was my little garden as of May 25th. And nowwwww…..

the longshot

watermelon vines everywhere

watermelon flower

my ca-ca-crazy cucumbers

cucumber flowers

my maters needed stakin'

If you’re curious about why there aren’t any spinach pictures (which I know you are), it’s because they’re a little sad. I mean, I plucked half of my crop ┬áby accident and now they’re just sad looking. They look like spinach leaves, but do I pick them and eat them now? I know they’re more of a cold weather plant and I didn’t get around to planting until the second week of May, so with temperatures in the 90’s it might just not be my year for spinach. But oh well. I’m pretty pleased with the rest of my progress! The first part of Proverbs 14:23 is one of Little Big Girl’s memory verses and it goes like this: “All hard work brings a profit.” So not only are we (by we, I mean mostly me) having fun in the dirt and working hard for our food, but we’re standing on God’s Word as well.

The weeding has been more difficult than I’d like, but I think that’s only because I’m pregnant and can’t do the heat much right now. Next year I’ll definitely be doing some weed block (that black netting stuff). When it’s not 445 degrees, I actually like pulling up weeds :) Little Big Girl? Not so much involved since we planted, but she’s three and “being sweaty makes [her] have a wedgie,” so who can argue with that?! :) She’ll enjoy harvesting though and when she’s a little bigger I can force the labor on her. I’m hood like that.

Have a fantabulous week and hopefully I’ll make something interesting for dinner :) I reeeaallly want some chicken salad. Can we just have chicken salad sandwiches for dinner with macaroni and cheese? Hmmm…